Spatial Data Analyst

  • Added Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 06 February 2022
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Result of Service

The ultimate result will be to produce data on spatial indicators on SDG indicators 11.2.1, 11.3.1 and 11.7.1 in 150 priority cities from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Arab States, and Europe and North America which are part of DAUโ€™s Baseline Indicator Estimates Programme.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities, towns and other human settlements. It is the focal point for urbanization and human settlements matters within the UN system.

As part of UN-Habitatโ€™s efforts to provide technical support to countries worldwide for efficient monitoring and reporting on urban development agendas, the Data and Analytics Unit (DAU - formerly known as Global Urban Observatory (GUO) under the Knowledge and Innovation branch, is currently leading SDG 11 and the NUA monitoring at the global level. This task involves development of methodologies which are globally applicable and adaptable to the country level for urban data generation, their piloting, building the capacity of countries to use these methods and undertake continuous reporting on the urban related indicators, and supporting countries and cities to generate accurate and up to date data which is used for national and global reporting on the progress towards sustainable cities and human settlements. As postulated in the SDG monitoring framework, the structures for data collection, and the resulting data should be disaggregated across several thematic areas โ€“ gender, age, persons with disability. UN-Habitat is directly in charge of 11 indicators within the SDG framework (8 in SDG 11, 2 in SDG 1, and 1 in SDG 6), and supports work on 7 other SDG 11 indicators.

A spatial data analyst (consultant) is required to provide mapping expertise on ongoing work to support SDG 11 monitoring at the unit. The consultant will work in collaboration with other spatial data assistants and report directly to the spatial data expert, the project manager and the DAU's Chief.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The spatial data analyst will work in the Knowledge and Innovation Branch, under the direct supervision of the task manager and the Chief of the Data and Analytics Unit. The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Extraction of built-up areas and open spaces from satellite imagery.
2. Digitization of public transport stops from various open data sources.
3. Collection of data from various national statistical offices and other verified sources and assessing its correctness and authenticity before it is integrated into the urban indicators database.
4. Contributing to the development of tools and executable programmes for spatial data analysis.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A first-level university degree in remote sensing, geographic information systems, urban planning, geography or any other closely related field is required.
Experience: Minimum 2-year experience working on spatial data analysis, image interpretation, data extraction from satellite imagery and maps creation and digitization. High proficiency in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing software (egs ArcGIS, ArcGIS online, QGIS, ErdasImagine, ENVI) is required. Experience working as a spatial data analyst is desirable. Some level of knowledge of and experience working with the SDGs is highly desirable. Knowledge in GIS relevant programming skills, geostatistical workflows and GIS online systems will be an added advantage.
Language: For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required. Although not a requirement, knowledge of any other UN language will be an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTSโ€™ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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